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Skills for the Future

Skills for the Future trains and supports people getting into the museums and galleries sector. We run the project in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This work splits into two programmes: Heritage Horizons and the MGS Interns Programme.

The Heritage Horizons Traineeship programme provides the opportunity for non-graduates from a range of backgrounds to attain an SVQ level 3 vocational qualification in Museums and Galleries Practice alongside workplace learning during a 12-month paid placement in a host museum.

The MGS Interns Programme supported 20 paid one-year internships which provided a high-quality work-based skills development opportunity for new entrants to the sector workforce. The programme addresses identified gaps in core skills, each focussing workplace learning in one of the areas of; collections care and management, digitisation, public programmes, and volunteer development management.

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Skills Development Programme

The Skills Development Programme provides a range of skills development opportunities for staff and volunteers within the sector. These opportunities are a combination of courses and workshops delivered by MGS and partner organisations as well as signposted opportunities we think you will find useful.

  • Courses - We work with key organisations and professionals to offer high-quality courses addressing the training needs within the sector. These courses can be between one and three days long and are usually run in Edinburgh.
  • Workshops - Workshops consist of half day, informal, introductory sessions on a range of topics based in Edinburgh. These sessions are an opportunity to deliver resources and for participants to share good practice, ideas and network with others in the sector.
  • Surgeries - Telephone appointments with the Investment Manager to discuss potential MGS funding applications.
  • Conferences - Our biennial conference and one day events are an opportunity to learn and network. Click here for our 2017 Conference Call for Papers.
  • Transformers - MGS are funding seven places on the MA's Transformers programme. Visit our project page for details.
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